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Is everyone opening gifts at their LO party? I'm just wondering because of the 2 first bday parties I've been to 1 opened and 1 didn't. The one that didn't it was an outside party with like 70 ppl so I can understand that but my other friend said it would be rude not to open gifts. Were having about 45 people at a restaurant and we only have 3 hours so I didn't want to take up half that time opening gifts but I know ppl like to see you open their present. WDYT?
We just had a few people at M's party so we opened the gifts but i personally HATE being a guest at a party and having to sit there for and hour while 50 gifts are opened... i'm sure i'm in the minority but that drives me nuts and it gets so redundant after 5 minutes
We always open gifts at birthday parties, holiday gatherings, wedding (hence the gift opening the day after the wedding?) So yup we will be opening while everyone is there. I love going to parties and sharing the excitment with them as they open my gift. Also I love to get ideas from others too!
I guess in a restaurant I can understand not opening them. I was just talking about this with friends last week though and we all really like it when gifts are opened at a party. Otherwise you walk away and never know if the child liked the gift!
But we don't wait until they pile up on a table and have an actual opening ceremony cause I can see that might be hard for some people, for example when one person can't afford as much as another person, or as a pp said, when all the time is taken up watching the child open a load of gifts....
My birthday child opens the gift as the person arrives and then it gets put inside (ie. to be taken out of it's own packaging after the party). But I personally think it's nice to open the gift and say thank you at the time!
Might be different for weddings and even large parties when there's so many people and so many gifts, but generally we have about 15/16 kids at a party with siblings included so there might be ten presents...so I think it depends on the size of the party and where you have it!
If we were having a party at a restuarant Id definitely pass on the gift opening. but since we are having a party at home with a few friends and family, then yes, he'll be opening gifts while everyone is here. I honestly hate doing it, but my family insist on doing it, so we do it.
I can understand both sides of this. I have a friend who does not let her small children (under three) open gifts at their parties because she feels its overwhelming for her child and difficult for other small children who are guests. She does let the older kids open their presents.
I can totally see not wanting to do it at a restaurant. Typically we do b-day parties at home and we do open presents. Mia's party is at our town's Visitor's Center and I think we are still going to open presents but I'm not positive. I guess we'll see how it plays out.
I personally LOVE seeing little ones open thier gifts. I think its fun!